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Discuss how Sharman Macdonald uses effective dramatic devices in the play "After Juliet"

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  • Submitted: 14/04/2008
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Discuss how Sharman Macdonald uses effective dramatic devices in the play "After Juliet".

"After Juliet" is the modern continuation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". The play deals with the aftermath of Romeo and Juliet's tragic deaths and leads up to the trials of Angelica (know as "Nurse" in the original), Fryr Lawrence (the man who married Romeo and Juliet) and The Apothecary of Mantua, who supplied the poison which Romeo and Juliet took to end their lives.

The play still maintains many elements of the original; firstly, the characters are the same, with an addition of a few new ones and some other ones missing. However, this time minor characters from the original have a more central role. For example, Rosaline is the original was known of but never spoke. In "After Juliet" she is one of the main characters.

Despite the many things kept the same, there are several changes in the play which gives it some noticeable difference from the original play. The language has changed from old English to modern day English. This is a vital change to make as it is necessary to engage the audience in the play so

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